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Northridge Quake Anniversary: Are You Prepared?

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - On the anniversary of the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake, city Councilman Tom LaBonge urged Angelenos to prepare for a natural disaster.

"It's been 19 years since Southern California's last major quake, but our next one could be tomorrow," LaBonge said. "Let's do our part to be ready for when it comes."

The magnitude-6.7 quake occurred at 4:31 a.m. Jan. 17, 1994. Felt by much of Los Angeles for up to 20 seconds, it toppled freeways, injured thousands, killed 57 people and caused about $20 billion in damage.

LaBonge urged Angelenos to consult the Fire Department's emergency preparedness guide and to take basic steps like securing large objects and being sure how to turn off utilities at a moment's notice.

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